Brexit rebellion – Boris Johnson is facing mounting opposition from his own backbenchers over his plans to break international law with legislation that could override parts of the Brexit withdrawal agreement. Dozens of Tory MPs are expected to support an amendment to the internal market bill that would give parliament a veto of any changes to the agreement. MPs will have a chance to air their opposition during a second reading and debate of the bill later today, when it will also be put to a vote before passing to committee stage. Geoffrey Cox, the former attorney general, said last night he could not support the bill, describing the government’s plan as “unconscionable”. Our columnist Nesrine Malik argues that for the Tories, breaking the law is seen as a sign of strength while enemies face zero tolerance for similar transgressions. … [Read more...] about Monday briefing: ‘Abide by rule of six,’ police plead
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“When that light is put out too soon ... we have all lost. As a mother and a grandmother, losing a child seems especially senseless. But that’s because this virus isn’t reasonable, it won’t discriminate, it won’t get lazy, it will not grow tired, divisive or complacent. It will take what it can and it’s our job to protect each other.” … [Read more...] about Guam boy, 10, dies as Covid outbreak threatens country’s health system
Family doctors are disadvantaged in the search for tests because, unlike hospitals, GP surgeries do not have occupational departments, which could organise a test for them. A female GP in Gloucester had to self-isolate for six days before she could get a test for her child. Another family doctor, who was told to go to a testing centre 120 miles away, said: “I had to refresh the website about 10 times over 12 hours to get a test near me. A less diligent citizen would have given up.” A third GP, in Colchester in Essex, had to isolate for an extra two days while waiting for a slot to become available at their local testing site after initially being told to go 110 miles to Ramsgate in Kent. … [Read more...] about ‘Utter shambles’: GPs and medics decry NHS test-and-trace system
8.30pm - 10pm - The Nation's TributeA special service, The Nation's Tribute, will be led by the Duke of Cambridge, will be held at Horse Guards Parade and will be broadcast on BBC One. There will be special performances of key moments from the conflicts and veterans will read tributes. There will also be musical performances from the military. … [Read more...] about VJ Day 2020 meaning – what is Victory over Japan Day and how is it being marked?
The Arctic Ocean is expected to have its first entirely ice-free summer in the 2030s, resulting in open water at the North Pole. Since the Earth would have less ice, it would be less white each year, meaning less of the Sun’s energy would be reflected back out to space, and the speed of global warming would increase again. The Arctic would start to lose its ability to cool the planet. … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson’s fiancée Carrie Symonds says Sir David Attenborough’s show warning of mass extinction of wildlife left her in TEARS – as she pleads: ‘Everyone should watch this, it’s time to act’